In the course of our work at the District Attorney’s Office, we often discover new and better ways to look at, organize, and interpret the data. We make changes and updates to the Public Data Dashboard to keep it as accurate and informative as possible. We also want to be clear to users of this site about the changes we’ve made. This page is a timeline of updates, fixes, and changes that we’ve implemented.
We have added four more years of historical data to all dashboard pages. Data previously only went back as far as 2015, now we show back to 2011. The dashboard tables have been modified with a few features that will allow us to display more data while also improving the dashboard for users with smaller screens and mobile devices:
We made two significant updates:
We have made several content and user experience updates to the dashboard. This is the first in a series of updates over the next few months to improve the dashboard.
We made a number of small improvements:
We have added a DAO Publications section to the Research Page. This section includes reports on internal studies at the District Attorney’s Office.We have also reorganized the menu to simplify it and make it more clear which reports are year-to-date and which are year-end.
We have added a line denoting March 2020 to all reports. This was the month that the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown of many essential government functions in Philadelphia, including the court system. It also lead to several policy changes in the Philadelphia Police Department and at the District Attorney’s Office. The purpose of this addition is to enable users of the site to more easily view the data in the context of the pandemic.We have also changed the text of two firearms labels to more clearly state what the data shows: ‘All Firearms Offenses’ has become ‘All Firearms Possession’ and ‘Possession of Firearms’ has become ‘Illegal Firearms Possession’.
Updates and fixes, including: